Following up from discussion with @LydiaConwell ; I'm seeing a lot of journalists conflate fedi with essentially, a single website with a single point of failure-- and missing the point of distribution.

Is there a good article, infographic, or blog post debunking this, accessible to people without any technical background? (So nothing like "ActivityPub is a protocol", since most people don't know what communications protocols are.)

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@LydiaConwell The point is that this is common enough that I don't think it's a problem with individual journalists. @Alon still has this problem and doesn't use fedi for more than crossposting articles.

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@LydiaConwell If the entire fediverse were just one website with one admin and one terms of service, it'd indeed be subject to the same content moderation dilemmas as Facebook and Twitter.... but the whole point is that it isn't centralized.

@cidney Oh I see what you mean. I thought you were saying was a failure, but you were saying a single social media website is where facebook and twitter fail.

@cidney @LydiaConwell I did use Fedi for posting things that made use of the 500 character limit better than Twitter's 140, but because I have approximately 2 active followers here, I kind of stopped.

@Alon I find it hard to find followers with similar interests because Mastodon is still small. That's why I still look at the bird site.

However, other sites might have people who say they have similar interests in their bios but that doesn't mean you are going to find their posts interesting. So it's not necessarily better on a more popular platform.

@maloki Wow; this video would be great with better voice acting. The script and visuals are good, but I can see why it isn't getting much engagement.

@cidney I believe it's a friend of the founder who did the voice over.

I found the comparisons to email to work best so far to explain Mastodon. The problem is it's usually followed by 'And? I'm not going to run my own server, that's beyond me. What is the difference between individual instances? How do I know which one to join? Should I maintain multiple identities across different instances?'

I usually don't have simple, sound bitey answers that appeal to non-techies.

@cidney @LydiaConwell

@MatejLach @cidney Actually choosing an instance is quite overwhelming and because many of them are defensive when they set out their rules (to put trolls off) they come across a little bit authoritarian and stifling. But once you're here it's easy enough.

It's much more social and much more diverse than other site, I feel.

Ha! That's a very interesting point re instance selection that never really occurred to me but thinking about it, I am inclined to agree.

I had much more interesting interactions on here than I ever had over there for sure.

@LydiaConwell @MatejLach ...agreed.

I'm having trouble thinking of a good instance for journalists who already have a real-name following and don't want to self-host. Same for any celebrities that aren't tech-adjacent.

@cidney @LydiaConwell @MatejLach Maybe journalists and celebrities should just create their own instances? Compared to most people on the fediverse, they have plenty of ressources and network to do so.

@hansup I think that would be brilliant. In many ways Mastodon is a great avenue to explore.


Maybe reminding that the social network online can be the mirror of the social network IRL : "oh well, you're member of that organization/company/group, if you gather a few of your people, you can set up your own instance and as you already know and trust each other, you can choose your own pace to implement some rules if you need"

(but I haven't experimented that answer, maybe it's a very bad idea 😅​)

@cidney @LydiaConwell

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